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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Silicon Valley Project causing daytime lane closures in Milpitas

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To advance the BART to Silicon Valley Project parking spaces and lane closures will occur while crews conduct work to identify utilities along Capitol Ave between Trimble Road and Montague Expressway in Milpitas, Calif., Monday, December 21, 2009, through Thursday, December 31, 2010, weekdays only, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (excluding lunch from 12:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.). Utility investigation activities include quick vacuum excavation in a one-foot x one-foot hole approximately five to six feet in depth, extracting the material to expose and survey the utility, to confirm utility and depth.

Lane closures will occur during non-commute hours. Limited noise from utility trucks and jackhammers will occur during daytime hours only and not during the lunch hour. For the safety of the public and workers, parking spaces and lane closures will occur with at least one lane of traffic open at all times and at all intersections. Parking meter signs will reflect specific modified dates and hours of operation, avoiding long-term parking restrictions. Holes will not be left uncovered upon completion of investigation.

The Bay Area Rapid Transit to Silicon Valley Project is an extension of the existing BART system to San Jose, Milpitas and Santa Clara. This project plans to extend the current BART system 16 miles beginning at the future BART Warm Springs Station in Fremont and proceed on the former Union Pacific right-of-way through Milpitas to south of Mabury Road in San Jose. The extension would then descend into a 5.1 mile-long subway tunnel, continue through downtown San Jose, and end at grade in Santa Clara near the Caltrain Station. A maintenance and vehicle storage yard would be at the terminus of the project in Santa Clara.